Weddings are a time consuming investment both financially and personally. Lately, weddings have also become an environmental investment as well. The modern bride and groom are conscious of every detail, from where the dress is sourced to how the decor is recycled. It gives a wedding day purpose, as well as meaning, and helps to give a sense that we’re contributing to something beyond ourselves.
Wedding florals are no exception, and are actually one of the simplest steps towards creating a sustainable wedding.
Here are 5 tips on how to go green— pun intended— on your wedding day.
Seasonal florals are more than beautiful accents to your wedding day, they’re also better for the environment. By picking blooms that correspond to mother natures seasons you cut down on pesticide use, storage energy, and resources to keep out-of-season blooms fresher longer. Plus, fresh blooms tie themes together seamlessly with the corresponding weather.
Create a timeless but sustainable wedding this summer, or next. Learn all about seasonal flowers.
When you order from a small business and source local you cut out the middleman and put money back into your community. Aside from eliminating extraneous costs, you also cut down on your carbon footprint by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
With less time on the road, your sustainable wedding will display freshly cut flowers (that are in season, wink wink) that last longer because they go from dirt to door to décor!
A key way to create a sustainable wedding is to repurpose your florals either on the wedding day or once the day is done. Think about the way your flowers can accent your special moments from the ceremony to the reception. A great example are bridesmaids bouquets. They are so often tossed aside once the photos are done and ‘I Do’s’ are said. But imagine how they’d look as accents to an entranceway, bar, or even table décor.
Another way to repurpose your florals after the big celebration is to donate them to local organizations such as nursing homes, homeless shelters, hospitals, or childrens organizations. Your big day bouquets can put big smiles on those who need it most.
Use More Plants
Potted plants are a sustainable alternative to wedding day flowers because they last longer and can even double as keepsakes for guests. Add fragrance with basil, rosemary, lavender. For a minimal but diverse look succulents offer the perfect touch.
Want to incorporate potted plants big and small but don’t know where you’ll keep them afterwards? Consider borrowing some— from your home or those intimately involved in the big day.
Upcycled materials— old wine bottles, glass jars, and ornately designed bowls— can help your sustainable wedding turn florals into fabulously elegant decor. Reused or vintage items add quintessential touches of personality to an already personalized moment.
We aim to be as environmentally friendly as possible. All of our arrangements are free of floral foam, we compost regularly, source from local farms, and repurpose vases. Get in touch with us for your sustainable wedding day, or any event, here.